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Rights for Grandparents to have Contact with their Grandchildren
Calls are being made for a grandparent’s right to have contact with their grandchildren after a divorce to become protected by law.
 
Currently if grandparents are not allowed to see their grandchildren they would be required to make an application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order to be made setting out when the parent must make the children available for contact with the grandparents.
 
It is hoped that the Children Act will be amended to include a child’s right to have a close relationship with members of their extended family which would also include aunts and uncles having contact with nieces and nephews.
 
MPs debating the issue recently said "Divorce and family breakdown can take an emotional toll on all involved, but the family dynamic that is all too often overlooked is that between grandparents and their grandchildren.  "When access to grandchildren is blocked, some grandparents call it a kind of living bereavement."
 
Until such time as the law is changed GC Solicitors remain dedicated to assist grandparents and other family members who are experiencing difficulties in having contact with their grandchildren, nieces and/or nephews.
 
By Kate Kingham